Lord, I Just Want to Be Happy

Lord, I Just Want to Be Happy

by Leslie Vernick
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Lord, I Just Want to Be Happy by Leslie Vernick

Counselor and author Leslie Vernick has discovered that many people pray, “Lord, I just want to be happy!” With candor, Leslie reveals that readers don’t need new circumstances but a new perspective to discover true happiness. With biblical insight, Leslie guides readers to take simple steps as they…

  • recognize and change habits that, day by day, keep them from experiencing happiness
  • make good choices and learn from mistakes without beating themselves up
  • develop the skills that enable them to let go of negative and painful emotions more quickly
  • transform difficult circumstances so they can live with gratitude, joy, and purpose

Application questions help readers work godly thinking, as well as healthy skills and habits, into their lives and hearts. They’ll discover that, even if nothing changes in their circumstances, their inner chains can be broken and they can go free…into a new path of real hope and happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736936125
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 459,297
File size: 381 KB

About the Author

Leslie Vernick, a licensed clinical social worker with a private counseling practice, has authored numerous books, including The Emotionally Destructive Relationship and Lord, I Just Want to Be Happy. She completed postgraduate work in biblical counseling and cognitive therapy. Leslie and her husband, Howard, have been married more than 30 years and have two grown children.

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Lord, I Just Want to Be Happy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a counselor, I have often turned to one of Leslie's books to help a counselee better understand an area we are working though. Leslie always comes through with clear insight and practical solutions. Many of her books are read over and over as we walk through various stages. In this, her most recent book, she again hits the mark. She identifies the problems we face on the road to happiness and then addresses each one practically and specifically. Her wealth of personal and counseling experience is evident as she describes people and their stories. She makes sense of the story and she gives practical 'in the moment' help for how change would look. The questions at the end of each chapter make this book an exceptional tool for pastors, Bible study leaders and counselors. Her questions provide a ready made platform for serious heart felt conversations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so easy to read. Very understandable and not complicated. It has good, insightful questions for a discussion group or as a personal study. I highly recommend it for anyone who needs to learn what it truly means "to be happy." Thank you Leslie for sharing your knowledge with others through your writings. May God continue to bless your ministry.
marybrad More than 1 year ago
Leslie shows us how with simple, practical, useful suggestions to move from a life that's stuck to a life filled with happiness. I thought the Christian life was only about suffering, but after reading this book, realized it does include suffering but also includes happiness and joy. It makes so much sense to practice happiness each day and make it a goal. Thank you Leslie for your insight, experience and practical application.
GinnyVW More than 1 year ago
The only unhappy part of reading this book was closing the cover on the final page. Flowing with the ease of a conversation with a wise,trusted friend, each chapter is filled with poignant illustrations, practical help and penetrating principles from scripture that encourage and guide the reader into a richer relationship with Jesus. Having read some of Leslie's other books, I expected to learn important truths about myself, my choices and God. What I never expected was learning how to make lemonade while controlling an elephant or the happy changes that result from putting that knowledge into practice. Read this book - you'll be happy you did!
rkool More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this book, I set out with the idea in the back of my head that this book would give me good insight and ideas of things to work with my clients on; however, I found many ways I could use it myself. The amazing thing about this book is I wasn't being overwhelmed with a feeling of not being happy. This amazing book put into perspective how God needs to work into our happiness too, otherwise, what's the point? I already have told so many people about this book and cannot wait to hear what they took from the book too. I'm reading this through for the second time, with a purpose of how I can live my life how I really want to. This book is a fabulous read for people at all stages of life. Check it OUT!
marydreisbach More than 1 year ago
Well on the road to happier life, I have just finished reading Lord, I Just Want To Be Happy and have to say that this is well worth the read! Not only worth reading but also putting the skills Leslie Vernick teaches, into action! Leslie guides and encourages us to take the necessary steps in learning how to live a happier life in Christ, by helping us to understand our unhappiness, showing us how to move beyond our unhappiness, and then taking all we've learned and practicing it in order to lead happier lives. She uses practical biblical applications and examples in developing these skills and focuses on the fact that true happiness is only found in living our lives for Christ. Though most Christians already know this fact the issue often is how to carry it out, especially in the midst of our hurried, chaotic, and broken lives. "Lord, I Just Want To Be Happy is a life-changing book for anyone wanting to live a happier life. It helps us to examine our lives in light of God's word and gives a formula for lasting change. At the end of each chapter are life-application questions for thought and discussion, making this book an excellent tool for personal growth or group study. I highly, highly recommend this book!"
svnmchls7 More than 1 year ago
We all have "stories" in our lives, but sometimes these stories are based on our perception and not on reality. Leslie Vernick gently guides you through ways of deciphering the truth, and changing our stories to reflect what is true. She offers not only sound Biblical advice, but backs it up with modern proofs from the world of medicine. I will be purchasing more of this book to share with friends and family. We all need a reminder now and then, that , in the words of the author: "Happiness isn't about feeling fabulous and never feeling pain. It's about feeling pain and finding purpose. It's about experiencing joy, hope, love, and peace in the midst of our tears." (taken from pg 200 of the book)
BeaWrite More than 1 year ago
In Lord, I Just Want to Be Happy, key questions are raised to awaken our consciousness. Leslie Vernick distills the cultural messages we succumb to. We are called to rewrite our own script and let go of the one we've bought. Her message is positive, encouraging, and realistic. The reader has in this book both a spiritual life coach and a friend. It provides the tools to take a personal inventory, one which requires focus and sincerity with ourselves. We can take responsibility for ourselves, without it being condemning or a drudgery. The author incorporates her professional knowledge, faith life, and wisdom with real life scenarios, all to lead us along a path of personal growth. Of the many questions asked to think critically and explore our lives, she asks, "What do you think of the idea that happiness is a skill we can learn?" The book teaches that happiness is a skill, a way of thinking and being. Lord, I Just Want to Be Happy can make a difference, if you let it! Review written by Beatrice Figueroa February 27, 2010
BlessedJan More than 1 year ago
Leslie Vernick's newest book, Lord I just want to be happy! delivers sound, practical Bible-based psychological information about dealing effectively with life. In addition to the information at the end of each chapter thoughtul, life-changing questions and activities provide opportunity to discover and change life-diminishing behaviors. I recommend this book for Bible Studies and personal growth.
DonnaSue More than 1 year ago
Good book. It was an easy read and more than that, I kept thinking about family and friends I would love to share it with. I especially appreciated how the book was organized and the integration of spiritual and psychological information.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I greatly enjoyed Mrs. Vernick's latest book Lord, I just want to be happy. Leslie writes in a way that is easy to understand and motivating for change at the same time. She makes understanding spiritual growth and spiritual disciplines simple. One of my favorite quotes from her book states that "Happiness isn't about feeling fabulous and never feeling pain. It's about feeling pain and finding purpose. It's about experiencing joy, hope, love, and peace in the midst of our tears." Lord, I just want to be happy is practical, encouraging and hopeful!
dt6 More than 1 year ago
Leslie Vernick gives a reader more than information. One can't read the book without self-evaluating emotions, thoughts and feelings. Leslie provides insights and solutions with sound biblical principles and references. What I thought might be a quick read turned into a process full of rereading, reflecting, evaluating, and highlighting. This book helped nudge me to reexamine where I am and where I want and need to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book opened my eyes of things I need to change in myself. That is most of the reasons we are unhappy. Some of it is just bad habits. This was not a hard book to read. Very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leslie writes in a way that speaks to everyone. She gives such practical advise easy to understand and implement in your life. She starts by addressing troublesome attitudes and wrong thinking, gives applicable scripture and follows it up with real life examples to ensure complete comprehension of problem thinking, attitudes, actions and step by step remedies to make difficult changes. This would be a book to refer to often. It would be a great book to give to someone who is struggling and stuck.
GreatBookFan More than 1 year ago
I received "Lord, I just want to be Happy" on Oct. 7 and want to share my thoughts. Number 1, it is Biblically based. The Bible does contain many answers if we take the time to read and search it. It is written in an easy to read and understand format. At the end of each chapter she has deep thought provoking questions to get in touch with how we really think and handle life situations. What I got throughout the book is "Attitude and Gratitude". These 2 ways of looking at your life and life's issues tell us a lot about how we process "life's bumps". We must take responsibility for our own choices, and look within. We need to take responsibility for ourselves. No one can do it for us. Whatever holds our attention affects us emotionally, as Leslie wrote in her book. Gave me something to think about. She offers suggestions throughout her book on actions we can take to assist us in the process of being happy. My book has a lot of underlining, stars and comments in the margins. I recommend this book to anyone who is searching their soul. It really is true, whatever come our way it is how we look at it that can make all the difference. I am not saying this is easy. I like Leslie's style of writing. I have 2 of her other books also.
rockerfeller More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a practical application on how to be truly happy. I also found , for me, that it forced me to think about true happiness. A definate plus for me. I feel, Unlike other Christian authers this auther does not bring us "pie in the sky" solutions but solutions we can use.I alos found the book be written at my level. I do not agree with everything in the book, but all in all a n excellent book on how to find true happiness.
MrsBooks More than 1 year ago
Don't pick up this book if you think this is going to be a "quick fix/feel good" kind of read. This book is in-depth and focuses on God--not on our temporal happiness. And to accomplish the type of happiness that Leslie is describing will take work, which makes the end of the chapter reflective questions so helpful. Vernick is an excellent writer, and she must be an awesome therapist. While reading this, I often thought that she was in the room w/me; coaching me to change my negative thought patterns, to be more grateful, and to embrace (and) my God-given talents. The only negative is the title. Lord, I want to be happy, sounds so "Jabez Prayer," and will entice readers to pick it up for making themselves feel better through traditional consumerism and self-centeredness. This is definitely not for those who believe in the "Health and Wealth" and/or Prosperity Gospel that so many American Christians fall prey to. Perhaps a better title would be "Lord, teach me to have joy and contentedness in my life." Overall, I would recommend this book, especially if you're a pessimistic person, like I am. I know that I'm going back to the book to answer the questions and change my perspective on life!
Coopersburg More than 1 year ago
Leslie Vernick is very interesting to read with personal illustrations as well as stories from clients. The book is thus easier to apply to our own lives. She begins the book with the thought that holy lives should also be happy lives. Happiness is due in large part to the choices and responses we make on a daily basis. She talks very practically about how we must choose to keep our minds focused on God and His good purposes for our lives; must choose to serve others; must choose to replace negative thoughts with positive ones; must choose to correct areas in our lives that need to change; must choose to be grateful. She expands on these areas and many more (prayer, the Cross, fasting, solitude, meditation, etc.). I highly recommend the book--I like to mark in the books I'm reading and this one is full of marks! The book has challenged me especially with the thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter (would be a great book to use in small group settings). I plan to order several copies as gifts!
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Denise54 More than 1 year ago
So often as Christians we hear sermons that admonish us to live out our lives a certain way - have a certain attitude - be positive - have a right relationship with God. It's not that we don't want to live the way God intended for us to live, but few people teach us in a practical way how to implement the changes we need to make! Leslie Vernick gives us some practical instruction on how to make the changes we need to make to live a happy life and be the person God intended for us to be.
Josey10 More than 1 year ago
Leslie has a real way about her. She speaks and writes as if she is talking to you. Her books are always full of God's message of grace, love and salvation. This book was really wonderful. I highly recommend it to anyone who is struggling with feeling unhappy. I personally struggle with this periodically. Well, really just once a month. During that time, my thoughts and feelings become so dark, I find myself saying "I'm not happy", "I don't like what is going on", "I'm miserable", something has to change. Most of the time I always think it is everyone else that needs to change and then I'll be happy. But through reading Leslie's book, I found out that is not the case. I am responsible for my own attitudes and feelings. God has given me everything I need to be christlike in all situations. I just need to use it and put it into practice. Now, this is not a new concept for me. I have heard much of what Leslie says in her book many times from my pastor. However, this book spoke to me in a different way. The best part about this book is, she actually gives you practical things that you can do to really make changes in your life. Typically when I read a book that is supposed to help you, I feel like they spend alot of time telling you what is wrong and then don't really give you the tools to implement change. I want to know what to do in any given circumstance that is going to help me not repeat what I've been doing so far. If I'm reading a book to help me, then I want to be able to implement change and I want the author to tell me how to do that, in a practical sense. Leslie uses her own experiences and examples, as well as some of those she counsels. I like that to. It helps me to feel like I am not alone in what is happening. There are other people who have the same struggles. Again, I highly recommend this book. It was easy to read. It was full of useful information. There are study questions at the end of each chapter to get you thinking and motivated. I don't think anyone who is struggling with this issue would be disappointed after reading this book. I am excited about putting into practice what I have learned. For the first time in a long time I feel like there is hope for what I am going through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lord, I Just Want to Be Happy is an easy read that adds a number of tools to make living today easier. Recognizing that we all make mistakes, the author Leslie Vernick offers us ways to learn from them, and ways to make good choices that will help us avoid some of those learning experiences. ? She encourages us to rely on God's wisdom rather than on our own sometimes-poor wisdom. After reading this book, the sense involved with viewing discipline and dependence on God as ways to happiness is obvious. I intend to keep this book for my own ongoing use and I will definitely recommend it to friends.